Hip Hop mogul Chris Lighty was laid to rest today in New York City. His funeral was attended by some of the biggest names in the business.
50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, Maino, Grandmaster Flash, Nick Cannon, Rev. Run, Michael Bivens, Gayle King, Q-Tip, Lyor Cohen, Mary J. Blige and more paid their respects at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.
“He was somebody that gave me advice,” Brooklyn rapper Maino told the New York Daily News. “I don’t like to see this. I don’t like to see families like this. We’re talking about a legend. He helped artists become superstars and moguls.”
Lighty was laid to rest in a dark suit, surrounded by arrangements of white flowers. A slide show depicting his life appeared on a screen.
According to MTV, Warner Music executive and close friend Lyor Cohen shared some touching words on Lighty during the funeral. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip also added their personal memories of the man who helped shape their careers.
Lighty was 44-years old at the time of his death. He leaves behind a wife, 17-year old daughter and 5-year old son.